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Schumer assails local demolition company, calls for federal help

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Help may be on the way for Buffalo residents plagued by dust clouds from a concrete recycling facility. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to "send a message" to Battaglia Demolition.

During a Wednesday press conference, Schumer numbered the many ways the demolition is causing problems for local residents.

"Day by day your home your car gets more and more covered with dust. Your child has problems breathing. You have no idea what toxins might be in the dust. And that seems to be part of your family's very existence," Schumer said.

"No one would want to live like that. It's a frightening thought. And yet everyone here in Seneca-Babcock lives with that. So it's a nightmare we must end."

Schumer says Battaglia is operating without a required clean air permit and he says the EPA should conduct a random inspection as soon as possible.

Neighbors say about 200 dump trucks a day go up down the residential street.